Questions Frequently Asked When Buying a Home

Q – I’ve never purchased a home before. Where should I begin?
A – Actually, you’ve already started the process. Fact-finding and reading articles is a great way to become a smart consumer. The highest priorities to focus on before you begin searching for specific areas, neighborhoods, or homes would be to:

  • Familiarize yourself with your personal finances.
  • Learn about the Ottawa real estate market.
  • Carefully review your budget and begin to eliminate as much debt as possible.
  • Have a down payment and earnest money ready when the time comes to act and make your offer.
  • Your next step is to contact us. As your home buying specialists, we’ll protect your interest and manage the details of the real estate transaction on your behalf to your complete satisfaction. For more experienced buyers, a little brush up on the real estate process wouldn’t be a bad idea. Of course, you’ll need a really sharp Ottawa real estate team to protect your interests too!

Q – With all the bad news about mortgage products and home foreclosures, how do I avoid making a big mistake when deciding which type of loan to select?

A – Once we meet and review your finances along with your home buying needs, you should select a lending consultant. We can recommend several trusted lending professionals or you can choose your own. Having upmost confidence in your lender is important. Be sure you feel completely at ease with them. They should speak to you in easy to understand terms. Ask lots of questions and never sign any document until you know what you are signing and feel completely at ease signing it. More and more lending professionals are recommending fixed interest rate loans and interest rates are still very attractive.

Of course, the type of loan best for you depends on several factors. Here are just a few:

  • How much money do you have for a down payment?
  • How long do you plan to live in the home?
  • Do you qualify for a loan?
  • Because more homes are on the market here in Ottawa your choices are plentiful and the time is right for you to buy!

Q – How do I prepare to buy a home?

The more prepared you are as you start looking for a new home, the easier and more enjoyable the process will be. The first thing to consider is your needs vs. your wants. Looking for a new home can seem overwhelming at first. There are so many things to think about, and so many choices. A small investment of time and effort right at the start will pay enormous dividends. When we work with you, we always take the time to sit down and help you organize your thoughts before you start actively looking. Making a plan will simplify the process, save you time, and help lead you to the right home!